Massive Park Fees Hike Proposed in Botswana


Sep 4th, 2011, 01:08 PM
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Massive Park Fees Hike Proposed in Botswana

From an article in the Ngami Times this week. The government seems intent on getting as much money as possible out of tourism. Or they are intent on killing non-luxury based tourism and it's interdependent businesses.
I imagine the only way for people planning a self drive next year is to book and pay for the fees now at current rates. They have honored prepaid fees in the past. But I can't say I see much of a solution for those doing fly-in safaris.
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Sep 4th, 2011, 03:55 PM
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The fee increases are drastic, I agree. But it sure looks to me that the fees for international travelers are currently too low. Considering how expensive it is to travel to/in Botswana, it looks like Botswana doesn't get much from all of that tourism money. I don't think locals should or can afford those increases, especially staff, but for planes to be able to land for free - no matter the registration - in NPs sounds dumb. The fees are also shown in pula, which are currently about 7 pula/USD. An annual increase of p700 is only $100 - annual. (I have the same feelings about US National Parks. An international visitor should pay more than a US resident.) Mobile safari operators should be able to work out something to make it affordable - an annual increase maybe. But did I read it correctly that ythe private camps are exempt? Now that's outrageous!

The fee structure for an annual NP pass in South Africa looks like this:

I think it's fine - I'm not paying taxes, so they charge me more.
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Oct 11th, 2012, 05:15 AM
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One of the privatized operators of campsites is just about doubling the price of camping for 2013. This is getting a bit expensive to pitch a tent.
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